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Professor Chris Gilligan

Professor Chris Gilligan

Professor of Mathematical Biology

Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge


Chris Gilligan’s research is concerned principally with analysis of factors that influence and control invasion, persistence and variability of disease and other organisms using a combination of experimentation and modelling. His group’s current experimental programme studies the spatial and temporal dynamics of beneficial and pathogenic, soil-borne, micro-organisms at a range of spatial scales and as model experimental microcosms of larger-scale systems in the field. Their theoretical work uses a range of mathematical and statistical techniques to analyse the spatial and temporal dynamics of epidemics. They are particularly concerned to link theory with data from experiments and observational studies in order to test models that will be used to help in controlling epidemics. 


  • spread of genetically modified crops
  • control of antibiotic and pesticide resistance for plant and animal diseases
  • control of plant disease
  • invasion of new or recurrent animal and plant disease